Kane probation workers strike starts fourth week
Striking Kane County probation officers and youth counselors were bolstered Tuesday afternoon by an interfaith workers-rights advocacy group, Arise Chicago, at a prayer vigil at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles.
The strikers, who belong to Teamsters union Local 330, are in the fourth week of a strike.
They cited unfair labor practices, and a desire to maintain their wage structure in a new contract, as reasons for the strike.
Kane County Chief Judge Susan Clancy Boles, representing the county, declared May 12 that if workers didn't return to their jobs by May 15, the county would start hiring replacements.
The two sides differ on the amount of raises offered, and on the use of a step system for raises. The union has suggested Boles should ask the county board for more money to accommodate the raises; Boles replied the county finance committee chairman said the board is not willing.
The previous contract expired at the end of December.